After an unlikely and inspirational 2016 AFL Premiership victory, the Western Bulldogs soon fell back into old habits.
With a significant portion of their flag-winning side either retiring or moving elsewhere over the next two years, the Dogs missed the finals in 2017 and slipped even further to finish 13th in 2018. But things are looking up again for Luke Beveridge and his charges, and it was only a rampant Melbourne side that stopped the Dogs from claiming their second flag in six seasons last year.
What does the season ahead hold for the Sons of the West? Let’s take a look at the latest AFL odds and futures markets for the upcoming season.
About the Western Bulldogs
|Home ground:||Etihad Stadium|
|Premierships:||2 – 1954, 2016|
|2021 ladder finish:||5th (15-7) – Runner-up|
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Updated Western Bulldogs futures betting
|2022 Premiership||Top 4 Finish||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Mar||$6.50||$1.91||M Bontempelli $7||J Ugle-Hagan $8||A Naughton $15|
|Apr||$9||$2.30||M Bontempelli $15||J Ugle-Hagan $34||A Naughton $10|
|May||$16||$4||B Smith $26||J Ugle-Hagan $51||A Naughton $10|
Best Western Bulldogs bets for the 2022 AFL season
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- After two seasons finishing in the bottom half of the top eight, the Western Bulldogs took a giant leap in 2021 and made it all the way to the big dance. With one of the deepest midfields in the league and a crop of young stars on the rise, there is no reason to suggest the Doggies won’t be there or thereabouts again in 2022.
- It is not often that a player polls 33 votes and fails to win the Brownlow Medal, but that is exactly what happened to Marcus Bontempelli last season. Barring injury or suspension, he will be in the mix again. Jack Macrae is a decent outside chance, while Josh Dunkley at triple-figure odds could be worth a look.
- Jamarra Ugle-Hagan didn’t get many opportunities in a strong Doggies side last season, but the no.1 draft pick looms large in the AFL Rising Star betting this term. He has physique and the skills for AFL footy, now he just needs a good run at it.
Western Bulldogs 2022 AFL fixture
|1||Melbourne Demons||MCG||Wednesday, March 16||7:10pm|
|2||Carlton Blues||Marvel Stadium||Thursday, March 24||7:20pm|
|3||Sydney Swans||Marvel Stadium||Thursday, March 21||7:20pm|
|4||Richmond Tigers||SCG||Saturday, April 9||7:25pm|
|5||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Marvel Stadium||Friday, April 15||4:20pm|
|6||Adelaide Crows||Mars Stadium||Saturday, April 23||1:45pm|
|7||Essendon Bombers||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, May 1||3:20pm|
|8||Port Adelaide Power||Adelaide Oval||Friday, May 6||7pm|
|9||Collingwood Magpies||Marvel Stadium||Friday, May 13||7:50pm|
|10||Gold Coast Suns||Mars Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|11||West Coast Eagles||Optus Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|12||Geelong Cats||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|14||GWS Giants||GIANTS Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|15||Hawthorn Hawks||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|16||Brisbane Lions||The Gabba||TBC||TBC|
|18||St Kilda Saints||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|19||Melbourne Demons||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|20||Geelong Cats||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|21||Fremantle Dockers||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|22||GWS Giants||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|23||Hawthorn Hawks||UTAS Stadium||TBC||TBC|
Bulldogs players to watch in 2022
The 2021 campaign was Aaron Naughton’s best yet in the AFL. The spring-heeled key forward finished the year with 47 goals from 23 games, but that tally could have been so much better if not for a conversion rate of 54 per cent – the worst among the league’s top 11 goalscorers for the season. You can bet Naughton will be aiming for 60-plus goals in 2022.
We only got a glimpse of Jamarra Ugle-Hagan in his maiden season of AFL footy, but what a prospect this guy is. While he has all the physical attributes you want from a no.1 draft pick, perhaps the most impressive thing about him is that he can actually kick a footy. If he gets a good run in the firsts and converts like he did last season (7.2), it could be what gets the Dogs over the line this time.
Once again, injury problems and a lack of midfield minutes hampered Josh Dunkley’s influence last season. With Tom Liberatore finding form over the last couple of years and Adam Treloar showing great signs in preseason, one wonders what kind of role Dunkley will play in 2022. It is a great problem for the Dogs to have, but this guy has much more to offer than just spare parts.
Western Bulldogs records
- Most matches: Brad Johnson – 364 (1994-2010)
- Most goals kicked in one match: Kelvin Templeton – 15
- Most Best & Fairest awards: Scott West – seven
- Most goals in a season: Kelvin Templeton – 118
- Most career goals: Simon Beasley – 575